July 2010

Baseball in Columbia

bogota.jpgMet this past week in Bogota Columbia with US Ambassador Bill Brownfield and several local Columbian and MLB folks regarding the game of baseball .  Having seen a few ballparks in the country several years back it was nice to share opinion on developments opportunnities.  The Renteria’s had us down about 4 years ago to see the ballparks in Cartegena, Barranquillia, Monteria and Sincelejo.  The Cities all have baseball stadiums and the goal is to make them better from the field to the seats.    Driving around the city of Bogota is beautiful.  Considering the elevation was over 9000ft in a few areas it would be pretty interesting to see a Pro game played in this city.  One would think
bogota helos show.jpgthat Bogota may be one of  the highest points where baseball is played. Hitters would be going crazy.

On the way back,  I experienced (another flight delay) and this one at least was verifiable.  We had actually boarded the plane and had pushed back when the pilot came on the PA an said that we would need to return to the terminal because the government had shut down the airport for a Military Air Show which was part of the countries independence celebration.  Only 3 hour delay.  That was a first!  

Belated Thanks to the Groundcrew in San Juan

the crew.JPGJust getting off the road for an extended trip here and there.  Summer has really been busy for sportsturf.  Nevertheless I wanted to thank the guys from San Juan for the great job they did in San Juan during the Mets vs. Marlins Series.  We went in thinking it was going to be pretty easy but soon found out we had more to do than ever. 
eric building the mound.JPGAll in all we got it done…even though the turf hit temps of 150!   Brickman’s Chad Olsen and Eric Ogden led the charge along with Virginia Tech’s Chad Kropff and Budgie Clark.  The San Juan crew was sprinkled with several new faces but they were awesome as usual. 

We had a few scares with mother nature which included a rain delayed Weds night game but we were able to get it in. We played from June to July! 


hanging from stadium doing the bees.JPGAlso had a run in with the bees at the stadium.  A nest just above the seating bowl had grown to a huge hive. The guys said they collected 4 gallons of honey from the nest.